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I plan on selling my house within a year to a custom builder who will demolish it and build a new home.

Recently rain has been leaking into the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Exactly where in the room it leaks depends on how heavy it is raining.

I tried a few new shingles and a partial tarp but these measures did not help.

Re-roofing is not an option. What else can I do that will last for one year?

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Tarp the whole roof. It won't be pretty, and it'll be temporary, but you've said the house will be demolished soon anyway. –  Tester101 Aug 22 '13 at 18:26

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The source of leaks can be very difficult to track down. Water runs downhill, except when it is between layers of material. Then it can seep uphill, sideways, through other layers, where it then can drip to another surface to repeat the process almost indefinitely. Leak paths are routinely more perplexing than the Warren Commission's Magic Bullet Theory.

A photo from the top of the roof would be very helpful. But in general, walk the roof and look for the leakiest-looking areas and replace the shingles. Then look for gaps, cracks, and holes and fill them with roofing goo (this one can be used while it is raining).

Carefully scrutinize all valleys for cracks and punctures.

A common source of leaks is through-the-roof devices. Check specifically the seals on the side and top vents for water entrapment. For example, this photo highlights problem areas:

chimney trapping water

Sealing around through-the-roof devices should be done with the roof dry and using silicon caulk. Even the goo on there must slope away from the fixture, otherwise it creates a "leak reservoir".

I once had a leak like this, which didn't look like it could be source of the near-waterfall underneath. But it was.

leak around vent pipe

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If you have a leaking gasket on a vent pipe like the one pictured, you can slide another boot over top of it; it may not matter that the top of the flashing isn't under a shingle, as the top one will deflect the water away from the leaking gasket. If you can tuck the flashing under a shingle without breaking the shingle, even better. –  TomG Aug 23 '13 at 1:47

wallyk is right. I have a leaky roof and this is exactly what I did. It wasn't mentioned here but I would put down peel-n-stick after, or regardless of, any other repair. I'm not saying demo and replace your roofing, I'm saying put down the product, if possible, any time you can.

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